Staff and board
Board of Directors
CORE’s board of directors oversee our strategic direction and are responsible for all aspects of governance.
David Bowman works as a consultant providing finance director skills to a portfolio of organisations, mainly in the not-for profit sector. David is currently a non-executive director for Shared Interest Society, and a trustee of its charity – both of which provide financial services and business support to make livelihoods and living standards better for people as they trade their way out of poverty. He has also been a non-executive director of Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade company, and a trustee of its charity, and been the finance director and company secretary of a publicly quoted real estate investment trust. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics from the University of Durham.
Peter Frankental joined Amnesty International UK in 1998, and is currently the Economic Relations Programme Director. His previous career included six years as a business analyst with Johnson Matthey and four years as a project manager within the National Health Service. He has also worked in the field of social regeneration, running capacity-building programmes for community organisations in various parts of London. Peter has been an adviser to the International Commission of Jurists panel on corporate complicity and was on the Steering Group of a three year research project (2004-2007) co-ordinated by the Canadian organisation Rights & Democracy, to develop a methodology for human rights impact assessments and apply it to five case studies of affected communities. He is currently a trustee of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre and of Music in Detention, an organisation that runs music workshops in Immigration Removal Centres.
Fiona Gooch works on private sector policy issues at Traidcraft, particularly looking at the link between business and their impact on poor people in developing countries. This includes work on supply chains, company law, social reporting and investment. She represents the Fair Trade movement on EU High Level Forum for a Better Functioning Food Supply Chain and previously has represented Fair Trade at the EU’s Corporate Social Responsibility multi-stakeholder forum, been the UK director of the Responsible Purchasing Initiative, and acted as an elected NGO board member for the Ethical Trading Initiative. She regularly works with Traidcraft’s partners in developing countries to improve the impact of international supply chains. Previously Fiona has undertaken work for Casella Stanger, Thames Water, Global Action Plan, Sunseed Trust, London Borough of Merton, Anita Pollack MEP, Wessex Water, Jupiter Asset Management and Radio 4.
Anne Lindsay heads up CAFOD‘s (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development) work on the private sector. She leads on the role of business in development and the issue of business and human rights. Her work also includes looking at global supply chains, including the electronics industry, and she represents CAFOD within the Ethical Trading Initiative. As part of CAFOD’s commitment to Publish What You Pay, Anne is working on country by country reporting requirements for businesses and following the progress of Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. Focus countries for her research include Timor Leste, Mexico and Peru.
Shanta Martin is a partner in Leigh Day’s International and Group Claims Department, working on a number of corporate accountability cases. Shanta has 10 years’ experience in cases relating to corporate human rights abuses, having worked in different parts of the world with communities impacted by extractive industry operations, and with workers in the textile and agricultural sectors. Prior to joining Leigh Day, Shanta was the Head of Amnesty International’s Business and Human Rights team at the International Secretariat in London. She was Oxfam Australia’s Mining Ombudsman and Extractive Industries Advocacy Coordinator and previously worked for local non-governmental organisations in Latin America. Shanta practised as a commercial litigation solicitor for four years with Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Melbourne, Australia.
She holds a Master of Laws, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, a Bachelor of Science majoring in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts.
As the Director of Shift’s Business Learning Program, Francis oversees Shift’s work providing expert advice to a select group of companies that are serious about human rights. Shift is committed to using the knowledge their work generates to build broader understanding of the practical application of the UN Guiding Principles and this is a key area of Francis’ responsibilities. Prior to joining Shift, he helped establish Unicef UK’s Child Rights and Business Unit. Francis’ role included advising businesses on their human rights due diligence processes and advocacy towards Government on the policy environment for business and human rights. Francis has also worked at Save the Children and other international development charities as well as in public affairs in the technology sector. Having lived and worked in Colombia for a number of years, he has a particular interest in corporate accountability in Latin America. Francis holds a BA (Hons) in International History from London School of Economics and an Msc in International Development and Security from the University of Bristol.
Staff and consultants
Marilyn Croser, Director
Marilyn was appointed as CORE’s Director in March 2012 and is responsible for strategy, operations and fundraising. She represents CORE on the Steering Group of the European Coalition for Corporate Justice. Marilyn led the UK Refugee Council’s parliamentary advocacy and campaigning prior to joining CORE, and worked for Oxfam GB on the Make Poverty History and Control Arms campaigns firstly as a campaigner and then as policy advisor. Previously, Marilyn was a community development worker in Glasgow. Marilyn holds a Master’s with distinction in international law and international relations from King’s College London and an MA in Politics & English literature from the University of Glasgow.
Ayesha Carmouche, Advocacy and Communications Manager
Ayesha coordinates the advocacy and communications work of CORE. Previously Ayesha led the advocacy work for ActionAid in Palestine, where she was based in Hebron and worked on issues of corporate investment in the occupied territory. Prior to this, Ayesha was the Policy and Parliamentary Officer for the charity INQUEST, and coordinated the organisation’s work on state and corporate accountability following a death in custody or detention and produced policy work on areas of criminal justice, mental health and immigration reform. Ayesha is an ambassador and jury member of the European Youth Award, a platform supporting digital and social innovations across Europe. Ayesha has a MA in Politics from the University of Glasgow and a MA in European Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
Ruth Chambers, Advocacy Consultant
An experienced campaigner and public policy specialist, Ruth specialises in the charity and environment sectors. Ruth works as a freelance consultant advising charities and public bodies on policy and campaigns and has coordinated the coalition’s advocacy efforts around the Modern Slavery Bill. Ruth holds various appointments including Vice Chair of the Defra Civil Society Partnership Network, Trustee of the London Wildlife Trust and Campaign for Better Transport, non-exec Board Member of Hexagon Housing Association and Lay Member on a Public Health England expert committee on the medical effects of air pollution. Ruth also advises several charities on a voluntary basis.
William Meade, Communications and Advocacy Intern
William joined CORE in October 2017 as our communications and advocacy intern. Previously to this, William worked at human rights organisation Reprieve as a policy and legal researcher. There, he produced research on extrajudicial killings in the Middle East. William has a history degree from the University of Cambridge, and an MA in the history of political theory from the University of London.